Teaching art history with Pixar in a Box
Students in Modesto, Calif. learn art history through a new course that connects what they’re learning in class to a computer animated film, and explains the historical context of each scene, as first reported by the Fresno Bee.
A new course called Pixar In A Box teaches California high school students lessons in mythology and history through the Pixar films’ visuals. At an event this spring, 14 high school students from Fresno had the opportunity to have their hands-on interaction with objects featured in four of the popular animated feature films: Up, Ratatouille, WALL-E, and Toy Story. In the real world, engineering students from the Haas School of Business at the University of California, Berkeley, have carried out similar experiential learning at Pixar’s headquarters in Emeryville, Calif.
Pixar In A Box launched this school year and uses the Microsoft Xbox One system as the computer learning experience. The course serves to provide a fun, creative, and hands-on learning environment by using digital technology to help boost interest in math among students, according to the program’s designers.